Diamond Lake Trail

MODERATE 333 reviews
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Diamond Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1194 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Eldora: Travel west on CR #130 and then northwest on CR #111 to the 4th of July/Buckingham Park Campground. Hiking alternatives include Diamond Lake Trail from Hessie, Arapaho Glacier Trail from Rainbow Lakes, and Arapaho Pass from Monarch Lake (Hot Sulfur District). Note: Getting to the trailhead can be difficult. A high clearance all seasons car with 4-wheel drive is recommended.

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2 days ago

Snow ice the whole way. Be sure to have micro spikes. Ran out of time and had to turn back prior to the lake. No wild life but lots of tracks.

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6 days ago

Micro Spikes and waterproof hiking boots a must. Snow and ice about 80 % of the trail. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains, frozen waterfalls, frozen Diamond lake. Windy cold at the lake. Wear layers. Even with a 4x4 vehicle, the car slid backwards attempting to climb an icy road - scary but the ABS system helped. So we had to park 1.5 miles from the trailhead, making the hike 8.2 miles RT and elevation gain 1,575 feet. Definitely want to go back in the summer.

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6 days ago

Micro Spikes a must. Snow and ice about 80 % of the trail. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains

12 days ago

Used micro spikes and had no problem. Drive in was icy and a bit challenging. Beautiful hike.

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13 days ago

Gorgeous hike! Super icy in areas. Spikes would be a great choice!!

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13 days ago

Really pretty hike! One of my favorites. The day we went was 73 in Denver, but snowing here. It was pretty icy too, so I would bring yak tracks next time. Want to come back and do it in the summer.

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13 days ago

One of the best hikes within an hour of the Front Range. Micro spikes came in handy. Road was passable with Subaru. Lots of snow on the north facing trail - trail was easy thanks to earlier snowshoers. Some post-hole areas at lake area.

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26 days ago

Amazing ! A few waterfalls along the way & amazing views!

1 month ago

Great trail, today the wind was ripping and it was COLD at the top. Very icy, I would suggest using spikes. No wildlife to see today.

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It was very icy when crossing the waterfalls and after the turnoff to the lake.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail with a lot to see on the way. There was some bad weather rolling in, so I didn't get to explore as much as I would like to up at the lakes, so I'll definitely be going back.

Parking is terrible, and 4th of July Road is rough if you haven't been on it before. You definitely want a high clearance car to get to the TH. Would also be a great place to backpack.

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